A Stunning Lemon Twist 1970 Plymouth GTX 440 – Featured Car




Check out this stunning 1970 Plymouth GTX 440 owned by Glen Raines in LaPorte, Tx

 

 

 

1970 Plymouth GTX 440 Front - Right

1970Plymouth GTX 440 Front Right

 

Back In 1970 if you wanted a powerful but luxuries Muscle Car the Plymouth GTX was the car for you. And, still today the GTX is a very desirable and collectable car. A muscle car that all Mopar enthusiasts would wish to own. Well, unlike most of us, Glen doesn’t need to wish because he is the proud owner of this very beautiful example.

Just imagine there must not be anything cooler than driving this amazing Lemon Twist Yellow GTX around town. You would certainly be noticed by everyone, young and old. Glen must stop traffic everywhere he goes, and people must drool with envy. His car has got it all, Luxury, looks and power to spare.

 

1970 Plymouth GTX 440 - Front

1970 Plymouth GTX 440 Front

 

Glen has had the car now for 2 years. He enjoys meeting up with his Mopar buddies every Saturday night at the Kemah, TX Car Show where they show off their rides. The Kemah show averages 200 to 300 cars every Saturday night. He is also planning to attend this year’s Autorama Car Show this November in Houston TX.

1970 Plymouth GTX 440 Rear

1970 Plymouth GTX 440 Rear

The remarkable story is how he got his hands on this car. Glen owned a 1966 Satellite with a poly 318 engine. He wanted to replace the engine with a bigger, more powerful 440. So, Glen went on a search for one. He was introduced to a man well known for building amazing Mopars that had a 440 for Sale. He purchased the engine to drop into the Satellite.

However, Months later he encountered the man again on a Mopar only cruise from LaPorte, to Galveston Texas. Glen had heard from mutual friends that he had a 1970 GTX in his garage. However, they told him that there was no chance that he would sell him the car.

Glen took a chance and approach him when the group pulled over to take pictures. He asked if it was true that he had a GTX in his garage and if he would be willing to sell the car. He thought about it for a full ten seconds, shrugged his shoulders and said, Yes, come by to this address and we’ll discuss a price.

 

 Hand shake deal

When Glen went to see the car for the first time, he found a car completely stripped to the paint job. The car had no Drivetrain, no wheels, no wiring, and no interior on it. However, the car had all the factory Sheetmetal and a new yellow paint job with black stripes. All though, it was originally a stripe delete car, the stripes were added by him.
He told Glen that he would have a fully assembled and running car out the door for XXXXX dollars. They shook hands and closed the deal.

1966 Plymouth Satellite

Glen’s 1966 Plymouth Satellite that he Sold to Purchase the 1970 Plymouth GTX 440

 

The assembly of the car

They made the deal about 5 years ago. But, the seller could only work to assemble the car on his spare time, since he worked a full-time job at a local refinery. So, it took him 3 years to properly assemble the car. They had originally agreed that he would rebuild the original 78,000-mile 440 engine for the car. But, to save time Glen had him drop in the 440 engine he had purchased from him previously and Glen would store the numbers matching engine.

 

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Other work on the car

After purchased the car Glen replaced the factory 14-inch wheels with 15-inch magnums. He, also, installed a complete new interior except for the new looking factory headliner.

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Glen’s 1970 Plymouth GTX 440 Drive Train Features

Engine

  • Mopar 440 cubic inch V8
  • Bored .030 over
  • Balanced Steel Crankshaft
  • New Connecting Rods
  • New Pistons
  • Lunati Voodoo Camshaft
  • Factory Iron Ported 906 heads with Oversized Valves
  • Edelbrock Intake Manifold
  • 750 Edelbrock Carburetor
  • 727 Automatic Transmission
  • 3:23 Gear Ratio Surgrip Rear Differential

 

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Car Features

  • Lemon Twist Exterior Color
  • Black Interior
  • Power Steering
  • Power brakes
  • Front Disc, Rear Drum Brakes
  • Factory A/C,
  • Factory AM Radio Converted to AM/FM
  • Buddy Bench Seat,
  • Remote Left Side View Mirror
  • Deluxe Interior,
  • 3 Speed Wipers,
  • Fully Working Rallye Gauges
  • Deluxe Light Package

Future plans for this 1970 Plymouth GTX 440.

Glen is building a new 440 “quench” motor for the GTX and is planning on installing it this June. He is also going to replace the factory exhaust manifolds with TTI headers.

 

A  video of Glen’s 1970  Plymouth GTX 440  getting appraised.

 

 

 

The GTX in the A&E The Eleven documentary

Glen’s car was also used in the A&E documentary – The Eleven.  The Eleven is a documentary about a serial murderer in Galveston TX.

 

Photo of the car at the TV Shoot of The Eleven A&E Documentary.

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About The 1970 Plymouth GTX 440

Except for minor changes the 1970 GTX was carried over from the 1969 model year. It was only available in a 2-door hardtop, the convertible was discontinued for 1970. From its introduction, the GTX was the top model of the Plymouth Belvedere/Satellite line.

Even though it was the most luxuries model in the line it was also dangerous when challenged, due to its standard engine the 440-cubic inch Magnum V8 with 4-barrel carburetor rated at 375 Horse Power. The optional 440 Cubic Inch Six Pack V8 with 3 2-barrel carburetors rated at 390 Horse Power. And, the top available engine the mighty 426 cubic inch Hemi “The Elephant Motor” rated at 425 Horse Power. Wow!

As the Top of the line the GTX came loaded with standard features including three-speed Automatic transmission, heavy-duty suspension and heavy-duty brakes. Inside, the GTX came standard with bucket seats, center console, 150-mph speedometer, woodgrain trim and three-spoke steering wheel. The GTX was the most expensive model of the Plymouth lineup.

 

Plymouth GTX Colors 

Plymouth offered the GTX in an extensive list of color variations and eight Hi-Impact colors.

Exterior Colors

  • Lemon Twist FY1
  • Tor-Red EV2
  • Lime Light FJ5
  • In Violet Metallic FC7
  • Vitamin C EK2
  • Citron Mist Metallic FY4
  • Yellow Gold DY3
  • Black Velvet TX9
  • Burnt Tan Metallic FT6
  • Scorch Red ER6
  • Sandpebble Beige BL1
  • Deep Burnt Orange FK5
  • Ivy Green Metallic EF8
  • Lime Green Metallic FF4
  • Rallye Red FE5
  • Jamaica Blue Metallic EB7
  • Blue Fire Metallic EB5
  • Ice Blue Metallic EB3
  • Alpine White EW1

Interior Colors

  • Black
  • Burnt Orange
  • Black
  • Green
  • Tan
  • White/Blue
  • White/Burnt Orange
  • Charcoal/Black
  • White/Black
  • Gold/Black

1970 Plymouth GTX 440 Sales

Sales in 1969 were lost to the Road Runner since they looked very similar. So, for 1970 Plymouth made more changes between the 2 models. The GTX got a bulged hood, rear brake cooling scoops and an Air Graber with single large opening.

1970 Plymouth GTX Production Numbers

Production   Qty
440 6,908
440 Six Pack  768
426 Hemi  72
Total Production 7,748

 

 

1970 Plymouth GTX Specifications 

Body Style 2-door Hardtop Coupe
Wheelbase 116.0 in / 2946 mm
Length 204 in / 5181 mm
Width 79.1 in 
Height 52.9 in
Track, Front 60.1 in
Track, Rear 62.0 in
Tire size F70 X 14″
Shipping weight 3,515 lbs

1970 Plymouth GTX Engine Options and Rating

Engine Options Size Rating
Standard engine 440ci OHV V8 w/1X4-bbl 375hp @ 4600rpm / 480 lb/ft @ 3200rpm
Optional engines 440ci OHV V8 w/3X2bbl 390hp @ 4700rpm / 480 lb/ft @ 3900rpm
Optional engines 426ci HEMI V8 w/2X4bbl 425hp @ 5000rpm / 490 lb/ft @ 4900rpm

 

Performance

Engine Horsepower 0-60 MPH 1/4 Mile
440 V8 375 6.5 sec 15.2 sec @ 97 mph
426 Hemi 425 4.8 sec 13.5 sec @ 105 mph

 

 

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